Nathan Green

Favourite Thing: Measure coincidence and chance, like with an imaginary random ruler.



Newcastle-Upon-Tyne University 97-2001 & Liverpool University 2001-2005


Master and PhD in maths and stats

Work History:

The Ministry of Defence and Manchester University

Current Job:

Protecting the health of the nation


Health Protection Agency

Me and my work

My favourite thing is to discover something new and unexpected

In the modern world people are getting ill for loads of new reasons: Junk food, no exercise, old age, smoking or catching new diseases from animals. I look at all the information out there about this and try to work-out if “5-a-day” is enough to help or we all need to be like Jessica Ennis!

My Typical Day

Its always a tough call between Frosties and Coco-pops, then it’s off to work to play with computers and stop people getting sick and better quicker when they do.

What I'd do with the money

I want to make Zombie phones. I would make a phone app which will teach people about diseases like the Zombie plague. Every phone is like a different zombie that can infect another phone. We’ll be able to see how the disease spreads and understand other diseases.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

nosey, skeptical, happy, bad at counting

Who is your favourite singer or band?

What is the most fun thing you've done?

I dressed-up as a blue goblin and jumped out at kids when working in Spain one summer

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

What did you want to be after you left school?

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Tell us a joke.

All prime numbers are odd, except for 2 which is even. Which is odd!!!

Other stuff

Work photos: